The Left Ventricle Short-Axis View
This view is obtained with the scan plane perpendicular to the long axis of the left ventricle. Because of the horizontal position of the fetal heart, these views lie on planes close to the sagittal plane of the fetal body. In normal hearts, this is obtained by cutting the fetal body on a parasagittal plane slightly rotated to the left shoulder. Two sections, which are easy to recognize, are: (1) at the level of the atrioventricular valves, and (2) at the level of the papillary muscles of the left ventricle. These sections can be sequentially obtained by translating the scan plane from the midline toward the left side of the fetal body (Fig. 18.1).
KeywordsTricuspid Valve Ventricular Septal Defect Atrioventricular Valve Parasagittal Plane Atrioventricular Junction
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